Matson Invitational Day 2 coverage: All 5 games
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 27, 2019
Game 10 East 11, Kodiak 3
Chase Solberg struck out seven batters in 6.1 innings at pitcher and went 1-for-3 with two runs at the plate to help Post 34 avoid elimination.
Solberg settled down after allowing two runs in the first inning, allowing Kodiak to score only one time the rest of the way.
Zack Barnhart pitched the final two outs. He also reached base three times after beiung hit by pitch. Patrick Leshan earned three walks and scored and added an RBI.
Gavin Oakley went 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI for East (7-22), which posted two wins on the day to stay alive in the tournament.
Kodiak's Chase Good was 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs. He drove in six of his team's 13 runs at the Matson Invitational.
Pitchers Jack Malloy and Jace Crail were doomed by poor defense, resulting in nine of 11 runs being unearned.
Game 8 Service 7, Eagle River 3
Andrew Jaidinger threw 5.2 innings and Sean Giffen and Hutton Stiles each collected 2 RBIs as the Post 28 Cougars moved to 2-0 in the tournament by being victorious in the winner’s bracket game.
Jaidinger scattered five hits and five walks to go with six strikeouts.
Jaidinger also went 1-for-3 with a run and hit by pitch at the plate.
Service managed only three hits but drew 13 walks to keep the base paths busy.
Samuel Maudsley reached base four times and scored twice for Service (11-19), which has won 10 of its last 12 games.
Eagle River's Damien Fredrick, Noah Lower, Orazio Ramos and Sterling Retzlaff each had base hits for the Wolves (8-22).
Retzlaff had his team's lone RBI and Lower scored two times.
Game 9 Ketchikan 17, North Pole 7
Bash Brothers Liam Kiffer and Wyatt Barajas powered the Post 3 Kings by combining to go 4-for-9 with three doubles, five runs and six RBIs as Ketchikan moved to 2-0 in tournament.
Barajas went 2-for-5 with two doubles, three runs and four RBIs.
Kiffer was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs and two RBIs.
Ketchikan (16-14) scored runs in all six innings and plated multiple runs four times, including a seven-spot in the second inning.
Tug Olson went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs and Azariah Schultz was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs.
North Pole (10-17) was bounced into the loser’s bracket.
The Wild made the most of their three base hits by Gavin Fisher, Brayden Ground and Wyatt Kammer. Drawing 11 walks definitely helped.
Ground led the way with two RBIs while Ethan Wolfe, Alex Garcia, Dustin Peterson, Hatcher Wendt and Fisher each had one RBI. Kammer scored twice.
Game 7 Fairbanks 7 (8), South Open 7
Travis Moore walked with the bases loaded to score Graydon Lesneski with the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning before the 2-hour, 15-minute time limit was reached, forcing a tiebreaker.
Legion’s longstanding tiebreaker is last team to score wins. Fairbanks scored the last run to tie the game and had the bases loaded with no outs, so chances are the Post 30 49ers would have won anyway.
Lesnesky finished 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs and two RBIs. Joshua Bronson and Dylan Swarthout also had RBIs.
The 49ers (10-18), which has improved its season win total in each of the last three seasons under manager Rodney Perdue.
South Open's Reece Ivanoff went 3-for-3 with with a double and two runs. Lucas Wilkins doubled twice and scored two runs.
The bottom of the order produced big time with No. 8 hitter Thomas Pease and No. 9 hitter Curtis Hebert combined for two hits, a run and three RBIs.
South Open (11-11) was eliminated from the tournament.
Game 6 East 7, Bartlett 3
Jonny Earhart pitched a 4-hit complete game and the Post 34 Thunderbirds took control with a four-run frame in the fifth inning to highlight the win in the elimination game.
Gavin Oakley went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs. Chase Solberg went 1-for-1 with three runs and an RBI.
Zack Barnhart had two RBIs and AJ Apineru had one RBI. Bryce Erichson reached base four times with a single and three walks.
Earhart allowed four hits and one walk while striking out four batters for the T-birds (6-22).
Bartlett's Sawyer Bryner went 1-for-2 with a triple, run and two RBIs.
Drake Hughes had an RBI and Nelson Korshin and John Grantier scored runs.